Bas van Riel (1880) vs Rob Loveband (1571)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.03"] [Round "3"] [White "Bas van Riel"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1880"] [BlackElo "1571"] [ECO "B12"] [Opening "Caro-Kann: Advance, 4.Nf3 e6"] 1.e4 c6 {(BvR) I have a habit of mostly preparing before a clubgame. Which includes checking the most recent games played by my opponent, and booking up on his openings preferences.The latter is hard because Rob seems to vary his openings with black. So, I concentrated on my own opening being white. Usually, my mood dictates the choice of my first move. In the afternoon it was clear that I was in a 1.e4 mood. However, our recent game was a not very convincing win via the Ruy Lopes opening (1.e4-e5), I decided against a repeat and prepared for a rather unconventional variation. However, on my way to the chessclub, I suddenly thought about a very nice and instructive game (Car-Kann!) I had seen earlier in the week on the internet. It was a classic example of how to win against the Caro- Kann type of game.And strangely enough I immediately got the sneaky feeling that Rob could play this opening against me. I felt even angry that I did not have another look before the start of our game, to refresh the ideas behind that game.Low and behold, here we go with the Caro-Kann indeed!} 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bf4 Nd7 6.Nbd2 h6 7.Be2 Ne7 8.c3 {(BvR) Of course, I had muddled up my position compared to the game quoted before, but not by much. I had remembered the motives but not the details sufficiently. Rob, at this moment, has exactly the same position as the black player, but now he deviates with c5, an excellent move.} c5! 9.dxc5 Nxc5 10.Nb3 Nc6 11.Nbd4 Bh7 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.O-O {(BvR) From now on I became very indecisive, as 13.Nd4 in combination with b4, Qc4 and Ba6 became a sort of obsession for me (see my move 20). Even after I concluded that it was not very promising.} Qc7 14.Re1 {(BvR) Rc1 was much stronger, certainly with the benefit of hindsight} Be7 15.Nd4 O-O {(BVR) Rob is playing natural and strong moves, while I was spending too much time chasing nnt- existing targets.} 16.c4 g5 17.Be3 Rac8 18.f4 Ne4 19.cxd5 exd5 20.Ba6? {(BvR) After a long think, going back to my earlier obsession, chasing black's c-pawn. I had only 15 minutes left on the clock, and I had not even spent 1 second looking at 20.Bg4, which would have the same effect, but with a better position.} Rb8 $15 21.Rc1 c5 $17 {(BvR) It is amazing to see my position crumble so quickly, not helped by some big blunders..} 22.Bd3 Rxb2 23.Qh5? {(BvR) Awful! White looks like lost anyway, but 23.Qh5 is probably the worst move to try and hang in a bit longer.} Qb6 24.Ne2 d4 25.Bf2?? {(BvR) 25.Qf3, Qb7 would have lost less dramatically.} Nxf2 26.Kxf2 {(BvR) 26.Bxh7, Kxh7; 27.Kxf2, d3 would have had the same effect} Bxd3 {(BvR) Rob has set up the game very sensibly, and he equalised very early. He did not commit any (major) mistake throughout the whole game and used his given chances very efficiently. In stark contrast to me. It was certainly not one of my best evenings..} {#R} 0-1
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WhiteBas van Riel (1880)
BlackRob Loveband (1571)
OpeningB12 — Caro-Kann: Advance, 4.Nf3 e6
DateNovember 3, 2016
TournamentKoelle 'A'